belemnite

noun bel·em·nite \ ˈbe-ləm-ˌnīt \

Definition of belemnite

1 : any of various extinct cephalopods (order Belemnoidea) especially abundant in the Mesozoic era that had internal shells and that superficially resembled and are regarded as ancestors of the squids
2 : the fossilized bullet-shaped remains of a belemnite

Origin and Etymology of belemnite

borrowed from New Latin belemnītēs "bullet-shaped fossilized rostrum of an extinct animal," from Greek bélemnon "missile, spear, arrow" (probably from bele-, full-grade base of the verb bállein "to throw, hit by throwing") + New Latin -ītēs 1-ite — more at 1devil


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